Zambia: lumbering towards legal education reforms
Reporting on the speech, the Zambia Daily Mail said the judge was particularly critical of the lack of a standard curriculum in the country’s schools, which, he said, was having an impact on the quality of legal education.
Chief Justice Sakala noted that the liberalisation of university education – particularly legal education – had split the system into academic and professional parts. The Times of Zambia reported that the judge said that split had resulted in poor development of law schools.
‘It is... important that the council of ZIALE, through its accreditation committee, puts in place measures aimed at strengthening its oversight role of law schools both public and private’, the judge said.
The Times of Zambia reported that Chief Justice Sakala wants the institute to establish reforms that would be designed to ‘enhance predictability and transparency’.
In addition, the judge urged newly qualified lawyers to adhere to the legal profession’s code of ethics while practising the law. He maintained that the independence of the legal profession is rooted in public confidence and the protection of its interests.